By; NICHOLAS DEKERA, Kaduna
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Value Chain Development (VCDP) through FOJIBAJEN Women Cassava Processor on Wednesday, trained cassava women farmers on garri processing in Wukari.
Mr. Irimiya Musa, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) noted at the event in Wukari, that the farmers were from VCDP additional financing, drawn from three local government areas of Jalingo, Bali and Donga to undergo the study.
Represented by Mrs. Altine James, the Ruler Institution, Gender and mainstreaming Officer of VCDP in the state, Musa said the programme which is a partnership by FG/IFAD and Taraba Government, is passionate about the training due to its life changing value.
The SPC charged the trainees to ensure that the knowledge gained is put to practice for more value development and improve glory for VCDP.
Musa advised them to always consider location, knowledge information, advertisement through physical contact and Media publications like Facebook and other media channels while practicing their business.
“The cassava women farmers we are training today for garri processing are VCDP additional financing that are drown from three local government areas of Jalingo, Bali and Donga.
“The VCDP is passionate about the initiative due to its life changing value that would be generated after.
“We want you the trainees to take the training serious, we want you to always consider location, knowledge information, advertisement through physical contact and Media publications like Facebook and other media channels while practicing your business
“You must all have interest, passion and human relations and mentain quality to actualize your business dreams,” he said.
The Agricultural Processing and Quality Enhancement Officer of VCDP.in the state, Mr. Ezekiel Ambo, told the trainees that after a thorough research, the programme discovered TME 419 cassava specie has the best for more value and advised the trainees to shop for it for greater gain.
He also encouraged them to ensure proper hygiene and ensure NAFDAC registration when practicing their businesses to avoid societal health implications.
In her remarks, the founder of FOJIBAJEN Women Cassava Processor, Mrs Watsaji Angye commended Taraba VCDP for its passion for changing the lives of cassava women farmers in the state.
She noted that VCDP has brought her dreams to reality and pledged to always maintain the quality of her business for more value as required by the programme.
Angye also disclosed that through the assistance of VCDP, her company has so far employed over 30 ad-hoc staff for daily activities.
In their comments, the team leader for Bali Local Government Area, Dorothy Peter, Mr David Maigida for Donga and Mrs. Deborah Wilson for Jalingo, all expressed willingness to ensure that the training is put to practice to grow their garri businesses to enhance food security.